(Closed) How early are you ditching caffeinated coffee?

posted 7 years ago in TTC
  • poll: How early did you/are you planning to stop drinking coffee?
    I never drank coffee to begin with! : (6 votes)
    12 %
    Stopping a month or so before we actively are TTC : (12 votes)
    24 %
    Waiting to cut it down until I know I'm pregnant : (11 votes)
    22 %
    Will only drink 1-2 cups a day while pregnant : (15 votes)
    31 %
    Will continue drinking my normal amount : (5 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    1359 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    While TTC, I didn’t do anything differently with caffeine (I was drinking a Large hot or iced every or every other day). 

    After I got my BFP, I got a small iced and got sick. Not from the coffee, but just from morning sickness. That was around week 5. I didn’t really have any interest in it, and now I’m almost at week 11, and I’m just starting to want it a little. Mostly, though, I have a soda if I need caffeine. Weird pregnancy aversions!

    Books “okay” 300 mg or under, my doctor recommended 150 mg (about a cup). A can of coke I think is around 55mg, mountain dew about 85mg (I think! not exact, just going from memory).

    Post # 4
    2538 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    I quit caffeine a few months ago (while TTC).  For some people it doesn’t seem to have a huge effect, but many of my friends who have had miscarriages quit caffeine after and got then got pg.  I’ve also read that caffeine can negative affect ovulation.  I personally feel that I am extremely sensitive to caffeine although I would usually have 1-2 caff beverages a day before I cut it out.

    Post # 5
    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    When we started TTC, I limitted myself to 1 cup of regular coffee a day, then switched to decaf the rest of the day. When I found out I was pregnant, I now only have 1 cup decaf.

    Post # 6
    1766 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’m drinking my normal cup of coffee in the morning. In the TWW, I skip drinking tea or coke, but stick with my normal coffee.

    It’s important to prepare for TTC, but don’t live in a bubble just because of it. If TTC takes a while, it wil get hard and frustrating to behave as if you are already pregnant when you’re not. We’re in cycle 7, AF is due tomorrow, and I just got my BFN this morning. I will head to the liquor store in a little bit and pick out a nice bottle of wine that I will enjoy tomorrow night… 

    Post # 7
    9824 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Well I didn’t actually know I was pregnant until about 7 weeks in and wasn’t TTC, so I was still enjoying my lattes and iced coffees.

    Since getting pregnant I have switched to decaf and occasionally a half can of Pepsi. I can’t get through a full can of Pepsi anyway pregnant or not, so it’s a once in awhile treat for me.

    I’ve done my best, but if I want chocolate I have it. Easter is coming up, bring on the Cadbury mini eggs with the crunchy shell. If I NEED a little caffeine on mornings I am getting headaches and can’t wake up, I get a small iced coffee. If caffeine interferes with getting pregnant I must be a scientific oddity, because I was drinking 3-4 cups of coffee a DAY before this surprise munchkin!

    Post # 8
    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I was drinking a cup or two of black or green tea a day during TTC. When I got pregnant, I chose to give up caffeine altogether which meant no tea. My OB is okay with me drinking tea as well, but I chose not to. I occasionally drink hot chocolate and have a few sips of tea at afternoon tea with friends.

    Post # 10
    1482 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    My doctor gave me the go-ahead for one cup of coffee a day while pregnant. I’ve cut back to one cup maybe twice a week.

    I think if you’re a regular coffee drinker, I wouldn’t change anything until you’re actually preganant.  When you first get pregnant, you’re not sharing much blood supply with the embryo. I was concerned about the cocktails that I had over the holidays before I got my BFP, and my doctor told me that I didn’t need to worry about negatively impacting our baby because of that.That tells me that the occasional cup of coffee when you’re not even pregnant isn’t going to hurt anything :).


    Post # 11
    2561 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I switched to limiting my caffeine to 300mg per day during TTC, and continued that through the 1st trimester, once I started the second trimester I stopped paying attention.

    Post # 12
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    When we were only “thinking” about TTC, I stopped caffeine because I was SO addicted!  Last Feb. I had my appendix out and I HAD THE WORST HEADACHES you can imagine (I assume from) not having caffeine.  I was in the hospital a week because I waited so long to go in (dummy 🙂 and I had lots of infection; after that horrible experience, I decided to stay away. 

    Post # 13
    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Prior to TTC I was a cup of fresh ground in the morning then a cafe americano in the afternoon. Read higher caffeine content than a cup of regular ‘ol Folgers! During TTC I weaned myself down to a cup each morning and hugely limited my coke. Usually only after the BFN.

    I’m a bit extreme in what I quit and I quit it all during TTC. I don’t personally feel it made our 9 cycles of TTC any harder. It’s hard enough as it is and for me those small guilty pleasures were minor sacrifices. IT helped me in fact to know I was doing all I can to help the TTC process.

    GL to all!

    Do what you and your husband are comfortable with under advisement of your OB/GYN! Some say 300 mg, some say 200 mg.

    Post # 14
    1550 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    My doc said 200 mg a day of coffee was totally fine while pregnant.

    I stuck with that, I kept with my usual coffee drinking habits. I do not drink soda or energy drinks.

    Post # 16
    4038 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    While we were TTC, I cut down to one cup of home-brewed coffee, from around 4-5, and drank caffeine-free soda on the rare occasion I drank one. When we got pregnant I had no desire for it at all. I drank MAYBE two mugs in the first trimester…it just lost all it’s appeal. Now in the second trimester, I have a (small) mug in the morning. I don’t drink soda, and don’t usually eat chocolate. 


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